GM was for years a place where employees agreed to fix problems but never did, feared alerting superiors to car-safety concerns and avoided taking notes in meetings lest they be held liable for product shortcomings.
General Motors Co. will pay a record $35 million fine as part of the U.S. government’s investigation into how it handled the recall of 2.59 million small cars over faulty ignition switches, the Transportation Department said.
General Motors Co. chose not to use a more robust ignition-switch part in Chevrolet Cobalts and other small cars while they were being designed, a decision that may have led to deaths, safety advocates said.
General Motors Co. asked a federal judge in Washington to protect information related to its ignition-switch defect that a consumer-advocacy group sought from the U.S. Treasury, according to a filing today.
General Motors Co., in the midst of recalling 2.6 million small cars for an ignition-switch flaw that can deactivate air bags, also may have an air-bag defect connected to deadly accidents in its Chevrolet Impala, a safety group said.
Chrysler Group LLC’s decision to fix some of the 2.7 million sport-utility vehicles linked to 51 deaths in post-crash fires averts what could have been the biggest showdown with U.S. regulators in three decades over a safety defect.